6:4 Tirzah. This city six miles northeast of Shechem in central Palestine is in a setting of great natural beauty. It was the capital of the breakaway northern kingdom for approximately fifty years following Solomon’s death. It continued to be a place of political intrigue until it was destroyed in the seventh century b.c. (1 Kin. 14:17; 15:21; 16:8–18; 2 Kin. 15:14–16). The positive reference to Tirzah here, particularly in parallel with Jerusalem, supports the traditional view that the Song originated in the time of Solomon, before hostility between the northern and southern tribes led to the division into two separate kingdoms.